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Assembling and Setting Up the Freakduino-Chibi | Print |
Written by Akiba   
Monday, 22 November 2010

Things have been pretty hectic last week with the intro of the Freakduino-Chibi boards and I was overwhelmed for a bit. However things are starting to stabilize and I've had the chance to put together an assembly tutorial for the boards. Actually, this tutorial is not only about how to assemble the kit portion of the board, but also how to set it up so that you can start to communicate wirelessly with it and make sure the board/s work.

I've also included a small tutorial towards the end that demonstrates the technique I use to solder through hole components. I debated about including it because there's a risk that people that try it out might burn their fingers. But I decided to include it because it's kind of a neat way to do through hole parts. Through hole parts can be a pain because you have to simultaneously hold the part in place, flip the board over (or tilt it at an angle), and then solder down the part. I always found this irritating so I tried different ways to get around this. When you're soldering through hole parts onto 50+ boards, you naturally start looking for shortcuts. Anyways, I like the technique that I'm showing because you don't need any type of fixture to hold a board or tilt it, and it lets me fix all the parts in place and then turn the board over and solder down everything in one go. Not sure if you'll like it as much as I do, but just thought I'd throw it out there in case someone finds it helpful. 

And in case you don't which board I'm referring to in this assembly tutorial, you can find the Freakduino-Chibi boards at the FreakLabs store :)

Hope you enjoy!

 

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You weren't kidding about the battery clip being hard to remove
written by Rick Knowles, January 08, 2011
Just finished assembling one of these. Instructions are fantastic - I've never seen kit instructions this good before.

One small point though: might want to add a little more emphasis to the comment about the battery clip in "assembling 15.jpg".

It did say "you might want to connect it to a battery case first", but I thought you were just making a slightly understated joke. You weren't at all - it literally is a total b#!$% to remove if you put it in to test it out first before soldering to the battery case.

As I said earlier though, brilliantly explained otherwise though. Thanks for putting in the effort.
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written by Akiba, January 09, 2011
Thanks! Glad it worked out for you. I'll add a bit more emphasis to the battery attachment. I need to do it for both the ruggedized enclosure and the bottom mounted case.
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Chibi example sketches
written by jhowardp, January 17, 2011
Where can I get the Chibi example sketches like you show in your instructions?
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written by Akiba, January 17, 2011
The example sketches are in the chibiArduino library. Go here and download the library and you should find the example sketches:

http://freaklabs.org/index.php/chibiArduino.html
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